WASHINGTON – The Latest President Trump, Congress, and guns (all times are local):
A bipartisan group of nine senators is reintroducing legislation that would prevent individuals on terrorism watch lists from buying guns.
The proposal, led by Maine Republican Susan Collins and North Dakota Democrat Heidi Heitkamp, was rejected by the Senate in 2016. But after the Florida high school shooting that 17 people have been killed, the senators say that it is a common sense bill with broad support.
Collins said: “If you are considered too dangerous to fly in an airplane, you should not be able to buy a firearm.”
The measure would give the attorney general authority to deny firearm sales to nearly 3,000 persons of the federal No Fly or Selectee lists, and alert law enforcement of a purchase attempt of an individual on the lists in the last five years.
Rep. Steve Scalise says that the people at the FBI should be held responsible after they do not act on a tip about the man who later allegedly killed 17 people at a Florida high school.
The No. 3 House GOP leader, suffered a life threatening wounds when a gunman shot several people last June at a conference of the Republican baseball practice.
Scalise tells reporters the FBI had the Florida shooter’s name “on a silver platter” and says: “there are people at the FBI, who chose to let it go.” He says lawmakers should “hold people accountable.”
Scalise says he got a new baseball jersey last week during a visit to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The school with the jersey he wore on the practice of “not up” and is held as evidence by the FBI.
Tv personality Geraldo Rivera is expressing skepticism that President Donald Trump will attain a new control of the measures.
On Twitter Tuesday, Rivera says: “Amazingly, we are set to do nothing, re gun control. The only person in the country is strong enough to stand up to #NRA @realDonaldTrump is apparently taking a pass after dropping the modest reform of the ban the sale of semi-automatics for children not old enough to buy cigarettes and beer.”
Rivera recently threw a Trump on the increase of the minimum age for gun purchases.
Trump has interest in the idea. But he has not backed the legislation and has no mention of the concept at the meeting with the governors to discuss gun violence Monday.
Texas Sen. John Cornyn, says the Senate should “immediately” a bill he has co-sponsored to strengthen federal background checks on gun purchases.
The bill would penalize federal agencies that do not properly report the required documents to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System and reward states that comply with them with the federal grant preferences.
Cornyn, the Senate No. 2 Republican, says he was baffled that the Democrats in the Senate want to debate other ideas before the background checks bill, known as the “Fix NICS.”
Cornyn said Tuesday that, “if our attitude is, ‘I want to do everything on my list, or nothing, “we are going to end up with nothing” on gun control after the Florida high school shooting.
He urged the members of the senate to move immediately to pass Fix NICS and build from here.”
The house of representatives Paul Ryan shows no interest in a ban on assault weapons or expanding background checks for gun sales online or gun shows. He also says that he thinks that President Donald Trump’s idea of arming teachers is best left to the local governments.
Ryan acknowledged there were “system failures” in the Florida school shooting and told reporters a lot of questions “have answers.”
Asked about proposals for stricter background checks or block assault weapon sales, Ryan says that the Congress should not be “banning weapons from law-abiding citizens.”
The House has already adopted legislation making modest improvements to the gun-purchase background check system. But the package is installed in the Senate because it also expands other gun owner of the rights. Ryan says that if the Senate does just the background check provision, the House will “cross that bridge when we get there.”
President Donald Trump says that political leaders sometimes need to buck the National Rifle Association.
Republicans controlling Congress are less sure of that approach, keeping largely quiet in the midst of the public calls for stricter gun laws.
In the Senate, a bipartisan bill aims to strengthen the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
Trump ‘ s ideas to make the arm a lot of teachers, raise the minimum age for the purchase of guns to 21 and the imposition of more stringent background checks have fallen flat so far. The White House is inviting lawmakers of both parties for the meetings of this week.
The Senate’s No. 2 Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, questions Trump’s proposal to increase the age limit for the assault weapons, calling it an arbitrary age to increase.